A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing an eReader

By Karen Green

When it comes to selecting an e-reader, the good news is that there are now plenty of products and companies to choose from. But don’t let that abundance of choice become overwhelming! eReaders all work in fundamentally the same way—as a simple conduit for a digital file. And the content of those digital files, usually released by a book’s publisher, remain the same no matter what kind of an e-reader you use to view the file, so when it comes to choosing your e-reader, it’s all about the bells and whistles.

For this comparison, we are looking at four of the most popular single-use eReaders. This is a different category than a tablet (e.g., an iPad) that contains apps for downloading and reading ebooks. While tablets are handy and wonderful, they are not optimized for long periods of reading—their size, weight, background lighting and short battery life mean that if you are an avid reader, you might want to save your tablet for other uses and take a look at why an eReader is a great investment for book lovers.

 

Kindle Oasis, $289.99

The crème de la crème of single-use e-readers, the Oasis is a premium product—but it comes at a premium price.

Pros:

  • Light and thin with an ergonomic design, it weighs only 4.6 oz.
  • Ten LEDs, a 300 ppi (pixels per inch) display and enhanced, built-in light allow readers to adjust for comfortable reading in every setting.
  • One battery charge can last up to several months.
  • Physical navigation buttons.

Cons:

  • The six-inch screen is on the smaller end of standard sizing.
  • It has a high price tag.

Kobo Aura H2O, $199.99

A pioneer in the e-reader category, now-proprietary Kobo offers millions of ebooks from its own digital library.

Pros:

  • It has a large 6.8” screen with a weight of 7.3 oz.
  • There are lots of options for display customization, from font size to borders.
  • It’s waterproof and offers optimal lighting for comfortable reading in any environment.

Cons:

  • The 265 ppi display is on on the lower end of screen resolution.
  • Files are stored on the e-reader, not in the cloud.

NOOK GlowLight Plus, $129.99

Barnes and Noble’s proprietary e-reader is supported by the vast B&N inventory and allows you to download the apps needed to borrow ebooks from the library.

Pros:

  • It has a weight of just 6.9 oz.
  • Nook features e-ink, display light, a 300 ppi (pixels per inch) display and advanced lighting for optimized reading, day or night.
  • It’s waterproof and dustproof, with a scratch- and fingerprint-resistant screen for durability.

Cons:

  • The six-inch screen is on the smaller end of standard sizing.
  • There are no physical navigation buttons.

Kindle Paperwhite, $119.99

One of the most popular e-readers on the market, the Paperwhite combines great display features and readability with a reasonable price point.

Pros:

  • At 7.2 oz, the Paperwhite is easily held in one hand.
  • E-ink, display light, a 300 ppi (pixels per inch) display and white background make for glare-free, book-like reading (hence the name).
  • It’s very easy to adjust font and text size; font size can be as large as a large-print book.

Cons:

  • The six-inch screen is on the smaller end of standard sizing.
  • Ther are no physical navigation buttons.

 

Are you in the market for an eReader? Do you already have one? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

 

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